Nexus August 2010

Director's Column

Importance of Communicating Research Value in Your Application

Application titles, abstracts and statements of public health relevance that are part of your application are read by reviewers, program officers and other NIH staff, but once funded, this information is also available to the public via NIH’s RePORTER website. It is essential that the public is able to learn about the research projects in which our nation is investing. The extramural community has a responsibility to clearly communicate the intent and value of their research to all those interested in learning more–Congress, the public, administrators, and scientists. Take every opportunity to tell people what you do, why you do it, and why they should care.

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Top Stories

Improving Information In Summary Statements

NIH will begin requiring reviewers to include a paragraph in their written critiques to explain the factors that informed his or her overall impact score. This change will provide applicants with greater insight into how each reviewer assessed scientific merit of the grant application and determined his/her overall impact score.

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Stepping Up Compliance

The NIH shares grants compliance and oversight responsibilities with our grantee institutions, and we reach out to them to increase awareness and understanding of the applicable policies and regulations. We have recently added several new staff members to our Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight and are looking forward to strengthening this partnership to ensure efficient and effective management of Federal funds.

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My NCBI: Move It or Lose It!

In October, citation information that has been manually entered into eRA Commons will no longer be available. To retain these citations for future use, act now and transfer your information.

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Apply For an NIH Director's Award

Apply now for the 2011 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Projects, Pioneer, and New Innovator Award programs. Applications are due in September and October. These programs support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

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Financial Conflict of Interest Comment Period Extended

The comment period for the proposed regulations has been extended until August 19. We are seeking additional comments on whether the proposed enforcement authorities should be further revised and clarified. Additionally, we would like to hear your opinion regarding circumstances in which an investigator or project transfers from one institution to another.

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Tailor Your Biosketches Early, Coordinate with Key Personnel

Now that each biosketch includes a personal statement tailoring it to the specific grant application, start thinking about making those changes earlier. Also, give the other investigators on your application extra time to tailor their biosketches, so you can be sure to meet your deadline.

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New Resources

Podcasts: Doing Science at NIH and Career Development Awards Part 2

Listen to Dr. Sharon Milgram, director of the NIH’s Office of Intramural Training and Education, discuss “Training and Career Opportunities in NIH’s Intramural Research Programs.” She describes the benefits of doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH and also explains … Continue reading

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Annotated Application Forms Provide Quick Tips

New sets of “annotated” grant application forms (SF424 R&R) have been added to the Applying Electronically website. The forms include tips for completing many of the application form fields, including fields that are required by the NIH but are not … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

What is the earliest date I can submit an application?

When NIH issues a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the open date (the first date an application may be submitted) is generally set for one month in advance of the application due date. Many FOAs are open for up to … Continue reading

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Where can I find an organization's funding information?

The NIH has developed a Web-based tool that allows you to determine the dollars awarded to any one organization or department and to download aggregate data so you can conduct your own analysis. This tool is available on RePORT’s Award … Continue reading

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Calendar

Opportunities for Collaborative Clinical and Translational Science: Enhancing Clinical Phenotyping

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Location: Bethesda, MD NIH’s National Center for Research Resources Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program and the Veterans Health Administration will sponsor a one-day workshop designed to encourage collaboration and resource sharing among members … Continue reading

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Federal Holiday – Labor Day

Date: Monday, September 6, 2010 NIH will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Help desks will also be closed. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on a Federal holiday, the application deadline … Continue reading

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Animal Welfare Workshops

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Location: San Francisco, California IACUC 101 and 201 PLUS Workshops will be held on August 18 and 19, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The California Biomedical Research Association (CBRA) will host the programs with support … Continue reading

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Animal Welfare and Scientific Research: 1985 to 2010 Symposium

Date: Monday, October 25, 2010 – Tuesday, October 26, 2010 Location: Bethesda, MD This two-day symposium will acknowledge the achievements of two and a half decades of biomedical research conducted under the U.S. Government Principles, the PHS Policy on Humane … Continue reading

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Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Location: Bethesda, MD The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program are pleased to announce a one-day conference focused on conducting clinical research in rare diseases. Speakers include expert … Continue reading

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State of Metabolomics Technologies in Translational Research

Date: Friday, September 17, 2010 Location: Bethesda, MD NIH’s National Center for Research Resources and the NIH Office of Intramural Research will sponsor a one-day symposium designed to share the latest advances in metabolomics technologies. Metabolomics is an emerging field … Continue reading

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